2019 Shanghai Masters – Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov taking place? Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena, Shanghai, China

When is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov on and what time does it start? Wednesday 9th October, 2019 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov? Partly cloudy, 24c

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live via their platform

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Denis Shapovalov? http://en.shanghairolexmasters.com/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Novak Djokovic beat Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic won the Japan Open title on his return from a brief spell of injury suffered at the US Open last month, beating John Millman comfortably in straight sets.
  • The world number one did not drop a set throughout his Japan Open campaign and remarked at the robotic nature of his recent performances, putting him in great stead for this and the incoming ATP Finals.
  • Djokovic has played Denis Shapovalov twice this year, beating the Canadian at the Australian Open back in January and then on clay at the Italian Masters in Rome.

DENIS SHAPOVALOV

  • Denis Shapovalov continued his late-season form when he beat the USA’s Frances Tiafoe comfortably in straight sets to face Novak Djokovic for the third time this year.
  • The 20-year-old Canadian will be tougher than he’s looked at times this year as he continues to mature and focus more in the middle of his matches, where before he might have lost concentration.
  • World number 36 Shapovalov has not beaten a player ranked lower than 10th this season so he will need to do something unprecedented here.

THE PREDICTION

Shapovalov won his first Shanghai Masters match in the first round here after two consecutive early exits but will have to produce something special to reach any further. Novak Djokovic looked beyond imperious at the Japan Open last week and is not the kind of player to lose focus after a title win. Despite taking a set off the Serb at the Australian Open earlier this year, he can go down fighting in two sets here.

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